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J.D.C. Aids 115 Vacation Camps for 24,000 Jewish Children Overseas

A record number of 115 vacation camps for Jewish children are in operation this summer in 13 countries in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, Charles H. Jordan, European director general for the Joint Distribution Committee, reported today. The camps are receiving financial aid from the JDC.

He said that more than 24,000 would enjoy camp holidays lasting from three weeks to two months. “These camps,” he stated, “serve many needs for the children. In some countries, the camps take them from crowded slums and ghetto areas into the healthy surroundings of the beach and the mountains.”

He added that in some countries, the camps brought together children from isolated Jewish communities and provided them with “a Jewish environment and companionship often with their only opportunity for religious instruction and observance of Jewish holidays and ritual.”